Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

11 Nov

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
It’s peanut butter jelly time! Peanut butter jelly time! Peanut butter jelly! Peanut butter jelly! Peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat!

I’m still in my bar phase. I wish I was in a Barre phase and going to Barre classes twice a day, everyday. My ass would have its own Instagram account.

Maybe if I bought spiffy $50 Nike Studio Wraps, I’d go to more Barre classes at CRE8FIT.

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Cookie bars provide not so much lifting and tightening of the ass, but rather a lifting and tightening of the face into a smile when tasting!

My love for portable peanut butter and jelly was first chronicled in the Peanut Butter & Jelly Bread post. It continues with Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars. These are childhood in square, edible form. Use whatever jam you put on your samiches when you were a kid. Trade for a pudding cup if you must.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
by My Baking Addiction

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup (9 ounces) chunky peanut butter*
1 cup (9 ounces) creamy peanut butter*
1 1/2 cups (18 ounces) jam (I used grape)
1/2 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x13 cake pan with aluminum foil and grease.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light yellow. Add the vanilla, eggs and peanut butter and mix until all ingredients are combined. Carefully add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Mix just until combined.

Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared cake pan. Spread the jam evenly over the dough. Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Don’t worry if all the jam isn’t covered; it will spread in the oven. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown.

*I never have chunky peanut butter on hand, so I just throw 1/4 cup coarsely chopped peanuts into the dough. This is in addition to the peanuts you sprinkle on top.

2 Responses to “Peanut Butter Jelly Bars”

  1. Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies November 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Ha, I could definitely use a Barre phase as well, but I’d rather have these bars! I’ve recently rekindled my love of a good PBJ, so perfect timing!

    • Red November 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

      Any time is a good time for PB&J. It’s a like a complete meal if you make it on wheat bread: complex carbs + protein + fruit.

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